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Glen Isla - A Little History

"Glen Isla" as its been known to the locals for some 150 years or so (and so named by the original founders), offers both genuine heritage accommodations and modern purpose architected guest accommodations in classic heritage architecture.  

Glen Isla House is not associated with another property that has adopted a similar name nearby.  Glen Isla is the historic and the original Glen Isla on Phillip Island! 

At Glen Isla House, we offer a continental-style breakfast in the elegant dining room most days (for our hosted classic deluxe rooms and heritage suite accommodations), extensive heritage gardens dating back to c1870, genuine old world charm and country-house elegance.  (The dining room and kitchen may be closed on certain days, and we can suggest cafes nearby for breakfast should our dining room not be operating.)

The original heritage house at Glen Isla was built circa 1870 by the Anderson family (Scottish immigrants to the area).  The house now has an official heritage overlay. 

It is considered one of the oldest homes on Phillip Island. It has a heritage planning overlay and a heritage file with the National Trust of Australia (although it is not actually classified). A two-storey timber home, it is believed to have been brought by sailing ship from the east-coast of America in kit-form and constructed in its present location.

Originally a large estate and working farm comprising many acres, over the years the area around the homestead was reduced with local developments.

A small collection of historical photos is on display in the main dining room, depicting Glen Isla around the turn of the century, and in the early 1900's.




Present owners, Madeleine and Ian Baker purchased the property some years ago, with the heritage house in need of quite significant capital and restoration and works.  They have since with considerable work and expense, restored the heritage house to its former glory.  It is now their  private residence - preserved for future generations. 

They also acquired adjoining properties over the years to restore the original entrance driveway with the beautiful Norfolk pine trees and the three 100-year old oak trees.

 There are 3 original wells in the gardens - although not in use today.  Now set in 2 acres of magnificently landscaped formal gardens (by a leading Melbourne interior and landscape designer), Glen Isla hosts the purpose-architected Glen Isla House, unique Small Luxury Hotel style Country House with accommodations for the most discerning guests.  

Truly refined accommodations in a heritage setting with a touch of fascinating history!

For guests seeking a stay in genuine 'Heritage Accommodations' we offer the Anderson Heritage Suite.  Originally part of the main heritage house and dating back to c1870, this authentic suite is now a separate cottage offering history, opulent furnishings and total privacy for 2 adults.



Owners & Resident Hosts, Madeleine and Ian resided overseas for many years and travelled extensively in Asia, Europe and the USA, preferring to stay in Small Luxury Hotels, Chateaux, very fine B&B Inns, guesthouses and country houses.  In fact they resided and worked overseas for more than 15 years.  The concept for Glen Isla House came from these travels and experiences, with the aim to create the very finest accommodation with absolute privacy, great food and unobtrusive personalised service. Ian is a qualified professional chef de cuisine, and all food at Glen Isla is inspired by Ian and his experiences in some of the finest restaurants all over the world...
Hundred's of comments in the guestbook from guests all over the world reflect on the warm hospitality and the fine food offered at Glen Isla House. 
Guest privacy is paramount. Guest accommodations and lounge areas are quite separate from host accommodations but your owner/hosts are around for local advice or a friendly chat if needed!.

Our philospohy in a nutshell.   


When we travel, we are interested in the experience of meeting people, rather than counting mod-cons and room facilities!  

For us, the warmth of welcome and local knowledge counts for more than gadgets in rooms.   

Authentic atmosphere and charm (without glitz and clutter) is more important to us than spa's and swimming pools!  

We prefer classic and elegant decor, a touch of history and great hosts over contemporary or quirky modern design.

If you're seeking a a contemporary 5-star business hotel experience, or ultra modern design - then you're in the wrong place!  

Glen Isla is a boutique country-house set in very private authentic heritage gardens - all about understated old world elegance and charm  (quote from Lonely Planet Guide on Glen Isla House).  

Our guest accommodations have been purpose-architected as guest accommodations and our interiors have been designed by professional interior designers.

By booking directly with us on our official booking site, you are supporting a family owned and operated small business! (not a large multinational booking site!).  We proudly employ Australians here at Glen Isla and we pay Australian taxes.

At Glen Isla, we offer elegantly furnished, well thought-out accommodations with everything discerning travellers would expect, along with the personal touch from experienced hosts.  Our accommodations are designed to offer privacy such that guests can come and go as they please or they can enjoy the warm Australian hospitality in the guest common areas - as they choose..  
All this with a touch of genuine history, wildlife and nature experiences nearby, the beach just out the back gate, and our chef-inspired continental-style breakfasts served in the dining room!
The subtle European influences at Glen Isla House came from Ian & Madeleine's extensive travel experiences and working in Europe and the USA over many years... 

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